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Options for seniors must be a focus

Martin Walsh at a meeting of mayors in Boston in January.
Lane Turner/Globe Staff/file
Martin Walsh at a meeting of mayors in Boston in January.

Kudos to Mayor Walsh for issuing an exciting housing report that sets a meaningful course to meet the city’s needs. The article “Walsh wants 53,000 more units, affordability” (Page A1, Oct. 9) focused on a few key elements of the report, and one urgent piece warrants our attention.

Seniors are among the fastest-growing and most economically challenged demographics in Boston. We’ll see a 53 percent increase in the number of senior-headed households between 2010 and 2030, according to the city report.

Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies recently concluded that the country’s “housing stock is unprepared to meet the escalating need for affordability, accessibility, social connectivity, and supportive services.” The center calls quality senior housing the “linchpin of well-being,” and argues that the issue has taken on a “new urgency not only for individuals and their families, but also for the nation as a whole.”


Not only has Walsh recognized the importance of building quality senior housing, but he is including in the program plans to address the gap created by the tragic loss of funding from the federal Section 202 new senior housing construction program. Other public officials should take notice.

Amy Schectman

President and CEO

Jewish Community Housing

for the Elderly